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horseshoe crab

noun
1.
a large marine arthropod, Limulus polyphemus, of shallow coastal waters of eastern North America and eastern Asia, having both compound and simple eyes, book gills, a stiff tail, and a brown carapace curved like a horseshoe: a living fossil related to the woodlouse.
Also called king crab.
Origin of horseshoe crab
1765-1775
1765-75
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  • I thought of a horseshoe crab, stranded on its back and kicking helplessly.

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  • Indian arrow-heads, for any ocean curiosities except a sea-urchin and a horseshoe crab.

  • Perhaps the skate may use them to walk around on the bottom of the ocean, as a horseshoe crab uses his legs for walking.

British Dictionary definitions for horseshoe crab

horseshoe crab

noun
1.
any marine chelicerate arthropod of the genus Limulus, of North America and Asia, having a rounded heavily armoured body with a long pointed tail: class Merostomata Also called king crab
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